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Birthday boys help their teams earn victories in Ankara

Kumar Narender (left) turned 20 during the U21 World Champiobship and according to his coach T.C. Jothish (right) is part of the future of Indian volleyball

Ankara, Turkey, August 27, 2013 – Indian outside hitter Kumar Narender and Iranian opposite Ghasem Karkhaneh are happy to celebrate their birthdays by sharing their teams’ victories at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship.


Iranian Ghasem Karkhaneh turned 19 on the first day of the tournament when Iran played against Estonia and won by 3-1. Ghasem also took part in the match entering the court as a substitute player in the third and in the fourth sets and bringing three points to his team.


”I was very happy to play with my team that day because volleyball is my life,” says Ghasem.


The Iranian player started to play volleyball when he was 6 and since then he loves this sport and wishes to continue his career in volleyball in the future.


Two days later Indian outside hitter Kumar Narender celebrated his 20th birthday supporting his team in the match against Morocco. The birthday boy was among his team’s starting seven and scored three points in that game as India took their first victory of the tournament. 


”I played only in the first set, but I felt as an integral part of my team during the whole match,” Kumar said.


He started to play volleyball following the path of his father Balwanth Singh, who was one of the greatest Indian players, says Indian coach T.C. Jothish.  Kumar’s uncle is also a volleyball player, so Narender found enough motivation from within his family to continue his volleyball career.


His main goal for the nearest future is to play in the senior national team of India. As his coach says, the boys he is training now are the future of Indian volleyball.


Asked to share his birthday wish, Kumar says: My wish today is to play with my team and to see my team successful.”





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